Entries from December 2005 ↓

Google is now evil

Please go here to find out why and then voice your opinion by spamming google. [Disclaimer: I take no responsibilty for your actions if you act like a lemming and do everything a random blog tells you to].

But seriously, Google has just killed it’s image. Looks like I need to find a new blog site, a new email provider, and a new search engine. Damn.

Google == evil

Couldn’t resist

What Video Game Character Are You? I am an Asteroid.I am an Asteroid.

I am a drifter. I go where life leads, which makes me usually a very calm and content sort of person. That or thoroughly apathetic. Usually I keep on doing whatever I’m doing, and it takes something special to make me change my mind. What Video Game Character Are You?

What I want for Xmas

What I’d like to see, apart from an end to hypocrisy, hate, and halibut (Hippoglossus vulgaris), is a new command line, file manager hybrid application. Often when working on the console – as I usually do – I wish I could (easily) see the spatial layout of directories. Thus, clicking on directory would automatically cd to it.

Other neat things like automatically inserting file names onto the command line would be cool. Plus file based commands could be accessed by a right click. E.g. Select some files, right click, make exceutable, this would enter chmod u+x [files] into the console window. I guess this would be pretty simple to customise too.

Now if only I had time to implement this. It’d be damn cool, I’d be the talk of linux land.

(Just kidding about ridding the world of halibut, they’ve done no wrong)

A variation on direct democracy

I don’t think the masses will ever be informed enough for true direct democracy to be a successful form of governance. Even if they had the augmented capacity to take an interest in politics some people just wouldn’t care, and I’m sure many will not be as technologically inclined as the transhumanist community. They’d also be lone individuals bringing up all sorts of things that they want to vote on, essentially flooding everybodies consciousness with having to make political decisions…. ugh, that wouldn’t be fun.

An alternative would be to have politicians that had dynamic support by citizens. If a politician suddenly renegs on promises or does something you don’t agree with you can transfer your vote to another poltician. You could also add in the ability to vote on issues yourself, but the politicians would have weightings in votes equal to the number of people supporting them. You could also provide a certain salary based on the amount of support you have, so full time politicians with lots of support could spend all their time addressing issues, but you could also have smaller parties/politicians that work part-time or have a specific ideal.

Also you would need a specific amount of supportting votes to even get an issue raised as something to vote on. Thus individuals could put together a petition to force a vote, or full time politicians that already have a large amount of weight/votes could bring up issues on their own.

Karmic retribution

The universe has taken a keen interest in my money recently.

  • Tooth filling fell out, had to get it replaced, $200
  • University (funny how similar universe and university are) checked it’s records and found I owed money, $664.99
  • Found that there was mould under my bed after moving flats. Cost of repair, $300
  • Having a supportive partner through it all, priceless!

Thanks go out to them!

Nanotech structural organization

Anyone who has studied biochemistry knows that cells are not just sacks full of chemicals. Everything is strructured and the flow of nutrients are highly controlled.

This is my main porblem with Nanotechnology. There doesn’t seem to be much talk about controlling the flow of substrates for carrying out tasks or self-replication. Not to mention that waste products will build up – if not from the nano machines themselves then from the chemical reactions they catalyse. I think that alot of research will have to go into flow control when nano machines become feasible.

I hope to run some hypothetical simulations and develop this idea further in the future.

Squidoo Beta goes public

I actually have something new and exciting to say for once!

For the last month or so I have been part of a closed beta of a new web concept which embraces the ideals of Web 2.0. It’s name is Squidoo. The official public annoucement has apparently not been made yet, exciting secret information!

Basically the idea is that users can create pages called lenses, each of which is about a particular topic, but rather than being full of new content it is intended to give a view on what the web can offer on the topic. Although the lens creation system doesn’t prevent you from adding new stuff.

In addition to this, Squidoo is run as a collective, so if you create lenses, and you generate alot of traffic through them, then after running costs have been deducted from revenue, the remainder is split between “lens masters” based on popularity. At least, this is my understanding of the system at the moment.

I’ve got a few lenses of my own:

In some ways this reminds me about what I was saying about how Compilation is a new creative process that humanities culture has only recently got big enough to support.

Massive web comic news

Wow, two of the webcomics I religiously read have major stuff going on.

Firstly a major story arc with dramatic ending happened at QC.

Then Ctrl-Alt-Del goes and announces an animated series!

Both within a day of each other!